It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.Theodore Roosevelt
Mentorship is at the heart of our work and it is how we are enacting the change we want to see in the world. We are where we are because of daily hard work, trial and error, and, the immeasurable contribution of knowledge shared by those who grew and grow. This knowledge transfer and connection has happened through written word (books, websites, social media posts), spoken word (over fences, podcasts, mentors, informal conversations), visually (videos, conferences, courses, and classes), and by “just” talking story over a warm fire with a drink in hand after a long day. We are constant consumers of farm and garden knowledge and find the greatest satisfaction in continually improving our methods and experience.
The farm has been envisioned and designed as a living system, classroom, and laboratory for tomorrow’s leaders. We have purposefully designed wide pathways and inviting spaces to welcome visitors. Here, we share skills, perspectives, and experiences that all who come and dig in can use to make a difference in their own lives, education, and professions. Some will dive deeper (through an internship and/or an apprenticeship) to become true change-makers and engaged advocates for a better and healthier future. Towards this goal Wild Culture Farm offers workshops, tours, afternoon volunteer opportunities, short-term 1 month internships, and 3-9 month apprenticeships designed for intense vocational training with the focus to expand local food production.
2022 – These programs are currently on hold as we focus on partnerships that enhance these opportunities and work to formalize our effort to the greatest effect in supporting new regenerative farmers and more capable home gardeners.Farmer Jen
Volunteer [lasting 3 hours]
We accept new volunteers on an ongoing basis as-needed. Volunteers spend approximately 3 hours alongside us on 2-3 discrete tasks such as planting seeds, harvesting food, and tending to the land. Whether we are gleaning, harvesting, planting, mulching, or weeding, many hands make light work and help keep this little regenerative farm thriving. Volunteers can expect to go home with some farm fresh abundance.
Please get in touch for more information.
Internship [lasting 1-2 months]
Our internships (1 month) are facilitated through the WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) organization. Interns are involved in all aspects of the farm. We’re looking for those who want to fully experience the ins & outs of a working regenerative farm. We feel there is no better way to truly find out if this lifestyle is right for you then by spending some solid “dirt time” in a small farm & homestead environment.
Over the course of 1 month, interns will spend weekday mornings gaining an in-depth understanding of how our farm functions and incorporates ecology into agriculture. From holistic livestock management and soil building to native habitat restoration and market gardening, and much much more, the opportunities for learning, getting down in the dirt, and working with our hands are endless. Of course, as a highly integrated yet diverse small farm, all roles cross boundaries in multiple ways and everyone is expected to chip in when and wherever help is needed.
Interns are provided with farm fresh + kitchen staples (self prepared) plus a stipend of $140 per month for incidentals. We host just 1 to 3 interns at a time and share a weekly farm team dinner.
Number of Internships Available: 3
Application Deadline: rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 month
Apprenticeship [lasting 3-9 months]
Apprentices spend 3 – 9 months learning and mastering a broad set of farm, garden, homestead, & kitchen skills. Apprenticeships are for those with some hands-on growing experience (our internship could qualify) or previous training related to food, farm, & garden. Apprentices spend approximately 35 hours a week on farm related tasks.
- Holistic Livestock
- Market Garden
- Wild Farm / Food Forest / Orchardist
- Homestead & Culinary Skills
- Hospitality, Education, & Events
Apprenticeships are provided with ample food (self-prepared), comfortable housing plus a stipend of $200 per month for incidentals. We host 2 apprenticeships at a time and share a weekly farm team dinner.
Number of Apprenticeships Available: 2
Application Deadline: rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
This is a small operation (one farmer) and, as such, it’s important to note that after being given direction and training, interns and apprentices spend a portion of their time solo with real experience actually doing, trialing, practicing, learning, and sharing their new skill with others (which solidifies the knowledge gained even further). Pay attention, be observant, ask questions. You will play an integral role on a diverse farm and this, in and of itself, should serve as a great educational opportunity. Some interns come up with improvements, modifications, and optimizations that we incorporate to do better.
Since 2011, we’ve hosted educators, artists, and students who share a passion for living a self-sufficient and holistic lifestyle that is in harmony with nature’s systems (we started homesteading & hosting teachers & students interested in these topics in the heart of Silicon Valley before we even began to farm!). We love the cross-cultural knowledge, experience sharing, and world community building that has come from hosting these guests. Thus far we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming nature educators and students from Australia, France, Brazil, Malta, Columbia, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malawi, England, and across the USA.
Here are some most recent reviews from those who have stayed with us (& more reviews may be found on the WWOOF website)…
“A great farm for my first experience WWOOFING – Jennifer knows about a great variety of farming and permaculture topics including different composting methods and animal care, and is generous providing a lot of food options and homey, comfortable accommodations. Be sure to check out all her cool farming and DIY books too! A wealth of information here. The surrounding area is great too, no shortage of options to suit any budget and interest!” – Nina from New York, USA
I had an amazing experience here. Jen is super generous with her knowledge and resources. The work was diverse and rewarding. – Henrietta from Australia
I spent a week at this gem of a farm and enjoyed every second. The people, accommodation, and land make it a tough place to beat. I was able to help out with a variety of tasks around the farm, and also felt like I learned a lot. Amazing WWOOFing experience! – Katherine from USA
We absolutely loved our time here. Jennifer is the kindest and truly willing to teach and give tasks that you are interested in and want to learn more about. The accommodations, the food, the people, and the location are wonderful. The work is enjoyable, lots to learn about permaculture, and there are lots of fun things to do nearby. We would have stayed longer if we could have! – Maria & Daniel from North Carolina, USA
How to Apply
If interested in getting your hands really dirty with us as an Intern, please apply thru the WWOOF-USA platform.
If interested in making a career of farming, consider joining us as an apprentice by sending a short message to email@example.com. We will reply with what information we require. Please mark Apprentice in the subject line of the email.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.